Performance sportswear and style have always been linked in one way or another, with the overlap between the two becoming more and more pronounced over the past two years.
But it’s not only collaborations specifically tailored to a more fashion-conscious audience that look good incorporated into an everyday fit. There are plenty of sports whose jerseys and training gear catch on beyond the floodlit courts and pitches they were designed for. Take the Nigeria World Cup 2018 home jersey for example. It sold out in record time and was even being resold after. Other soccer jerseys seen around the Highsnobiety offices on the regular include AIK’s blacked-out, special-edition Nike jersey.
Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite jerseys from what we believe to be the three most stylish sports: European football, basketball, and the NFL. These are all available online from Nike now.
These jerseys look just as good of the field as they do on it:
It’s probably a huge surprise to any NFL fan that the Oakland Raiders are not in our selection. The Raiders, thanks to their predominantly black jerseys and merchandise, have had a massive influence of pop-culture. Popularized by the likes of Eazy-E and the rest of NWA, Oakland Raiders merchandise sends a strong, anti-establishment message when worn, which is perhaps why it was picked up in the ’80s and ’90s and is popular to this day. However, there are some other NFL jerseys that work in more casual outfits thanks to the oversized fit, and the selection below shines some light on hidden gems.
Basketball jerseys are more versatile than the oversized American Football look because basketball jerseys can be worn sleeveless in the summertime or over a T-shirt or even a hoodie when it gets a little cooler. Teams like the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, or even the Miami Heat have global appeal due to their long history of winning championships and some of the greatest players of all time playing for the franchises. This is underlined by the fact that the number on your jersey is almost as important as the team it belongs to.
Football, or “soccer” as it’s called in the USA, is truly a global sport. So much so, that football jerseys (both vintage and new) have been in and out of fashion since before we can remember. Collaborations between Paris Saint-Germain and Jordan Brand or Juventus and Palace serve to remind us that football’s cool-factor is more than just what happens on the pitch. Below are some of our favorite jerseys available right now.
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